Michelle Cassidy received her B.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2016) from the University of Michigan. Before joining the History Department at CMU, she was a visiting assistant professor at Miami University.
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Research and Teaching Interests
Dr. Cassidy specializes in American Indian history. Her interests include race and citizenship, American Indian military service, and borderlands. Dr. Cassidy's research focuses on indigenous peoples in the Great Lakes borderlands. Her current work considers the Anishinaabeg during the Civil War. In order to understand why Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi men joined Company K of the First Michigan Sharpshooters—the "Indian Company"—she examines changes in Anishinaabe masculinity, leadership, and status from the 1760s through the early 1900s.